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As more reports document the rise of cicadas in the U.S., some couples might be concerned if they originally planned an outdoor wedding.
Luckily cicadas do not carry diseases. Nor do these insects bite or sting, according to various pest control resources.
However, Mosquito Joe, Inc.'s Entomologist and Technical Director David Price tells FOX Business that cicadas serve as a source of food for birds and other mammals that cross paths with humans, which have the potential to carry disease instead.
"In past years when cicadas have had their mass emergence, the North American Breeding Bird Surveys found that there was a 63% increase in the bird population of those monitored," Price wrote in an email to FOX Business. "Birds carry many diseases, but one that can impact humans is the West Nile virus. And with more birds, there is a greater chance for the spread of the virus from birds to mosquitos. And while humans can’t contract West Nile from birds, they can get it from mosquitoes."
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